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Name: ___________________ “I DREAMT A DREAM TONIGHT” Romeo and Juliet 1.4 1. We know that Romeo has at least two dreams, a dream of Rosaline and the dream he mentions in 1.4. What do we know about each dream? a. The dream of Rosaline: b. Romeo’s dream that night: 2. What do these dreams reveal about Romeo? 3. Mercutio has some interesting ideas about dreams, too. According to Mercutio, what are the dreams that Queen Mab delivers for each of the following people? (Complete the chart below) Group Mercutio Claims They Dream of: In Your Own Words Lovers Courtiers (first mention) Lawyers Ladies Courtiers (second mention) Parsons Soldiers 4. Is Queen Mab the queen of good dreams, nightmares, or both? Explain your answer. 5. What does Mercutio say about dreams at the end of scene IV? Queen Mab Drawing Assignment 1. Take a moment to read through lines 53-94: O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you. Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues, She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are: In shape no bigger than an agate-stone Sometime she gallops o'er a courtier's nose, On the fore-finger of an alderman, And then dreams he of smelling out a suit; Drawn with a team of little atomies And sometime comes she with a tithe-pig's tail Athwart men's noses as they lie asleep; Tickling a parson's nose as a' lies asleep, Her wagon-spokes made of long spiders' legs, Then dreams, he of another benefice: The cover of the wings of grasshoppers, Sometime she driveth o'er a soldier's neck, The traces of the smallest spider's web, And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats, The collars of the moonshine's watery beams, Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades, Her whip of cricket's bone, the lash of film, Of healths five-fathom deep; and then anon Her wagoner a small grey-coated gnat, Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes, Not so big as a round little worm And being thus frighted swears a prayer or two Prick'd from the lazy finger of a maid; And sleeps again. This is that very Mab Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut That plats the manes of horses in the night, Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub, And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs, Time out o' mind the fairies' coachmakers. Which once untangled, much misfortune bodes: And in this state she gallops night by night This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs, Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love; That presses them and learns them first to bear, O'er courtiers' knees, that dream on court'sies straight, Making them women of good carriage: O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees, This is she-- O'er ladies ' lips, who straight on kisses dream, 2. Circle any words you are unsure of. Look up the definitions. Make a note of any synonyms that might help with your understanding of the passage. 3. As you read through lines 53-94, document any images or descriptions you notice here: HOMEWORK: On a clean sheet of paper, draw a picture of Queen Mab and her carriage according to Mercutio’s description. The drawing does not need to be artistic, but it does need to be neat and clear. Label each part of your drawing with its corresponding line from the speech.
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